JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4Jax Super 6 high school volleyball poll will be published each Thursday during the regular season. Records are through Sept. 8 games.
Rank, School, Record, Classification
1. (1) Ponte Vedra (10-0, Class 6A)
Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Episcopal, Florida High, Middleburg, St. Pius X Catholic, Santa Fe, Steinbrenner, Tampa Plant.
Why they’re here: I thought the Sharks may have a bit of trouble at the Nike Tournament of Champions, a field that included the who’s who of volleyball programs in the state. Ponte Vedra had no such problem, winning the whole dang thing and ascending to No. 1 in the country by MaxPreps. Slice it down further. Plant is 7-1 and No. 2 in the state. Steinbrenner is 11-2 and fourth. Santa Fe is 9-2 and fifth. St. Pius is 17-1 and No. 1 in Georgia. I don’t say this lightly and don’t think I’m viewing this with a lens of recency bias, but this Ponte Vedra program is playing the best volleyball this area has seen. Ever. You heard that correctly. The Sharks have won 46 consecutive matches and 42 of those have come by sweep. They’ve won the last two state championships. Coach Robin Mignerey’s squad is on another level. I was shocked to not see the Sharks ranked anywhere last week in USA Today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Super 25 but stunned to not see Ponte Vedra anywhere in that publication’s regional top 10. I’m going to say that changes next poll.
2. (2) Bishop Kenny (7-4, Class 4A)
Notable wins: Bolles, Fernandina Beach, Providence.
Why they’re here: The Crusaders went 3-4 at the Tournament of Champions. Not a terrible showing but not a great one either. They returned home for arguably the area’s best volleyball rivalry in a showdown with Bolles, a match that they won 3-1. Kenny also swept Fernandina Beach, a match where coach Suzanne Winkler won her 400th career game at Bishop Kenny. Winkler also has two state championships, second in area history behind Ponte Vedra’s Mignerey (three). Junior Allison Cavanaugh leads Kenny with 118 kills and a 45% kill percentage. Bailey Chin had a season-best 19 kills in the win over Bolles.
3. (NR) Providence (8-1, Class 3A)
Notable wins: Aiken (SC), Episcopal, Gray Collegiate (SC), Yulee.
Why they’re here: The Stallions jump in to the Super 6 riding an eight-game winning streak, with their lone loss to No. 2 Bishop Kenny. Providence’s biggest win in that stretch came in a 3-0 of previous No. 4 Episcopal. Robinson Repass has been dominant at the net, approaching 100 kills (she’s at 94) and a percentage of 47%. She also leads in blocks (17) and tied with Kayla Burmeister for the most aces (21).
4. (3) Bartram Trail (3-1, Class 7A)
Notable wins: Creekside, Fletcher.
Why they’re here: A light week for the Bears, who swept Nease in their lone action since our last Super 6. A tough game on Thursday night with a red-hot Trinity Christian, followed by a Monday clash with No. 6 Episcopal and a Tuesday showdown against No. 5 Mandarin. Jenna Otts (51 kills) and Lauren Marien (43 kills) continue to lead Bartram at the net.
5. (6) Mandarin (7-0, Class 7A)
Notable wins: Fletcher, Ridgeview, Yulee.
Why they’re here: A 3-0 week for the Mustangs, who swept Yulee, Nease and Sandalwood in relatively smooth sailing. Their next test comes Tuesday against Bartram Trail. Ellie Jackson (86) is closing in on the 100-kill mark for the season.
6. (4) Episcopal (7-2, Class 3A)
Notable wins: Bolles, Christ’s Church.
Why they’re here: The Eagles plowed four Georgia teams during a weekend trip to Savannah Country Day, all by sweep. The return home was tough with a 3-0 loss to Providence. Aliyah Nields (46 kills) leads the team at the net. Episcopal has back-to-back tough matches, a clash against Middleburg on Thursday night and Monday against Bartram Trail.
Dropped out: Creekside (2-2, Class 7A).
On the bubble
Bolles (3-2, Class 4A); Creekside (2-2, Class 7A); Fleming Island (3-2, Class 6A); Fletcher (2-2, Class 6A); Middleburg (3-2, Class 5A); Ridgeview (4-2, Class 5A); Trinity Christian (4-0, Class 3A); Union County (4-0, Class 1A); Yulee (4-3, Class 4A).